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A view from the bridge: AMP Concerts bring a wide variety of music to Albuquerque, all of it singular and most of it generally outside the realm of the normative. This great vision is brought to Burqueños by promoter Neal Copperman. The organization is combining forces with the Albuquerque Museum as the institution continues its breakthrough exhibit, Making Africa: A Continent of of Contemporary Design, to present a concert by Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré on Friday, April 20. This premiere event is at the Albuquerque Museum Ventana Salon and features an instrumentalist whose legendary status is not just based on his heritage—his father was African guitar genius Ali Farka Touré—but on the latter's formidable dexterity and complex musicality while handling a variety of axes. Touré's latest album, Samba has received critical acclaim and his wondrous performances reveal an artist who is among the most innovative in the world. Tickets for this program are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, starting at 7:30pm and is an all-ages event. (August March)
Friday April 20, 2018
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1459
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Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara," Vieux Farka Touré plays his captivating styles live.
Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara," Vieux Farka Touré [website | Amazon.com] was born in Niafunké, Mali, in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father disapproved, due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from a family friend, the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed.
Vieux was initially a drummer/calabash player at Mali's Institut National des Arts, but secretly began playing guitar in 2001. Ali Farka Touré was weakened with cancer when Vieux announced that he was going to record an album. Ali recorded a couple of tracks with him, and these recordings, which can be heard on Vieux's debut CD, were amongst his final ones. It has been said that the senior Touré played rough mixes of these songs when people visited him in his final days, at peace with, and proud of, his son's talent as a musician.
Vieux's live performances are highly energized and he is known for dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile, both of which captivate audiences from all audiences in spite of any language barriers (though Vieux does speak 8 languages).
In 2017, Vieux released his latest album Samba, recorded live in front of a small audience at Applehead Studio in Woodstock, NY. The album is already being hailed by critics as Vieux's finest, most well-rounded and mature album to date. With each new project, Vieux expands his horizons, embraces new challenges and further entrenches his reputation as one of the world's most talented and innovative musicians.
Education programming for "Making Africa" is provide through the generous support of The Links, Incorporated